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  • Megan Haire
    While raising a family in the outback and experiencing a lot of difficult experiences first hand or through close friends, I became interested in what makes some people vulnerable and other people resilient in the face of hardship. The outback experience heightened my awareness of the issue of isolation, both geographical and emotional, and how important human connection is in keeping us sane and happy. After my local community suffered a series of suicides during a drought, I wanted to do something to help make a difference to the...
  • Donald Marmara
    I was motivated to train as a somatic psychotherapist following my own experience of anxiety and depression, and the frustration I felt with my lack of success in overcoming them via limited methods of counselling and psychotherapy. My search for healing led me to London, where I discovered a form of psychotherapy called somatic psychotherapy, or body psychotherapy, and by having individual sessions myself I was able to transform my life....
  • Carolyn Choy
    I've always been interested in listening to different people's life stories: how they've endured and overcome challenges and pain, as well as what drives them to be so passionate and loving in life. My initial field of IT was fine as a job, but it didn't fuel my soul. I'm so grateful to have searched and taken this other path which has enabled me to offer all of my experience (life and training) to others. I am enriched in return by each connection I make with my clients....
  • Lara Petrulis
    As I reflect on this question, I’m not sure if I can say that it was a definite choice that I made. Given my supportive family environment, it seemed a natural progression to continue offering care to others. I can remember as a young child facilitating discussions with my siblings - encouraging them to “communicate openly and express their feelings…” – I just needed to understand the theory behind the practice and perhaps refine my skills a tad! ...
  • Stefan Durlach
    For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in how life works, its meaning and purpose, the why’s and how’s of existence. Philosophy, psychology, and spirituality deal with these issues, and psychotherapy integrates them all and applies them to actual lives. Connected with this is a passion for following the oracle at Delphi’s dictum of ‘know thyself’, a fascination with reaching my human potential through an exploration of my internal world, which would enable me to offer this process to other people. I am very...
  • Stephanie Thompson
    I had a most wonderful Organisational Psychology professor at university who was also a highly effective counsellor. He got tangible, fast results for people. This was against a backdrop of extremely poor outcomes achieved by the psychological counselling profession as a whole at that time (circa 1990) - actually zero net benefit shown in our research. My professor was stridently critical of this, and rightly so. I found his pragmatic and empathic dedication to 'doing what works' - evidence-based therapy - very inspiring. I...
  • Hope Michaelson
    The journey started when I applied to become a nurse and was advised I needed further education. The application process showed me I also had a penchant for mental health as well as physical health, so I originally completed my psychology and my education qualification with the goal of becoming a school counsellor in response to my personal experience of being a member of a large family of migrant parents, and the education system. My first post graduate position was working for Consulting Clinical Psychologists which involved...
  • Ron Dowd
    I feel it has chosen me. Although I worked for many years as a software engineer, I was reading Jung in my 20s and was fascinated, though I didn't understand much of it. I guess I was on the common "hero's journey" path, working in I.T. but also starting to make art. At a certain point I made a serious decision to study art and undertook my MA (Hons) thesis in landscape and imaginal thinking. It was this study that opened up the world of Gestalt to me, particularly its ideas of figure / ground. It was odd how my art works...
  • Grace Lee
    I reached a point a few years ago, and having raised a family and learned to help my kids through their tough times, I thought I might be able to use those experiences to help others. So I applied to study counselling and I found I loved it. I also developed a much deeper understanding of myself in the process....
  • Kate Mikhailouskaya
    Many personal and professional experiences contributed to my choice of becoming a therapist. It's a life-long process and it's ongoing, but what remains unchangeable is my passion to witness the growth and transformation with my clients in the moments of psycho-therapeutic or psychoanalytic journey. It is fascinating and very rewarding work, and I am committed to it fully. This includes ongoing professional development, group and individual supervision as well as my capacity and willingness to self-explore and reflect on my...
  • Karen Druce
    My family of origin experiences growing up formed the bedrock of my desire to understand individual differences, personal temperament, human suffering and resilience in the face of life’s storms. ...
  • Cherie Dorotich
    I chose to become a psychologist to help people improve their lives by alleviating emotional, psychological and relational pain....
  • Sarah Tuckett
    Back in 2006 I spiraled down into depression and anxiety due to chronic stress at work. Thankfully I saw an Integrative GP who took into account my lifestyle, nutrition and underlying health issues instead of just prescribing me antidepressants. This started me on an exploration of mainstream and complimentary techniques for managing my depression. I found that massage had a wonderfully calming effect on my nervous system and my mood. So I studied remedial massage and started my own part-time remedial massage practice. I...
  • Mary A McIntyre
    Ever since I was young i have had a passion and curiosity for understanding people and what makes them tick. My own difficulties, good therapy and healing modalities helped me heal and grow over the years and I am a believer in good therapy....
  • Dalit Bar
    My counselling career began when I studied Art Therapy in Melbourne to overcome my own relationship problems. I worked at an organization called Jewish Care as an art therapist for 4 years. However I wanted to learn more, so I began studying counselling....
  • Amanda Jones
    I wanted to study psychology when I finished school but for various reasons I was unable to. After working for many years in small businesses and large corporations, I decided to revisit my interest in psychology. I have always been interested in people, their lives, struggles and often extraordinary resilience. No matter what my professional role, I have always found myself encouraging others to reach their potential, to fulfill their dreams and passions, and overcome self-limiting beliefs often developed during their childhood or...
  • Matt Dale
    As a Psychologist I am driven by the desire to help individuals navigate their way through complex human challenges. I chose psychology as a profession because of my passion to learn more about the impact of human emotions, listen and guide others with the insights I have gained over the last twenty years. But most importantly, I chose psychology because I wanted to help people to make real, practical and applicable change in their everyday lives....
  • Veronik Verkest
    After a difficult period in my work life, I physically became unwell and was eventually diagnosed with a chronic illness. My habitual way of pushing through difficulties and ignoring my body signals was no longer helpful. With the help of a somatic psychotherapist, I started to come back to listen to my body and process the emotional pain I had habitually pushed aside. As my relationship with my self and others transformed, I wished to share my excitement with others. This path led me to train as a relational somatic...
  • Lisa Champion
    My career started in the field of exercise science. I specialised as an exercise therapist, helping people overcome chronic pain issues through movement and postural awareness, recognition of habits, re-connecting of brain and body and support to achieve their physical goals. I became increasingly aware of the emotional toll of chronic pain and decided to study counselling to better support my clients with their emotional experience. I loved the counselling so much, that I decided to make a career shift and focus on working more with...
  • Terry Olesen
    As a young pup 19 year old I had been stimulated by courses taught by outstanding American Psychotherapists and Research Psychologists at San Francisco State University. ...
  • Nicole Kinnaird
    My choice to study Social Work initially was due to a strong interest in working with children and the idea of having fun in my job was very important and appealing. Out of rebellion I decided I didn’t want to be a teacher (like everyone else in my family it seemed! – mother, father, step father, grandfather, aunts, uncles.) As I gained experience in working therapeutically with children and the adults in their lives I increasingly enjoyed working creatively with people of all ages and also with groups of people. Continuing...
  • Kate McMaugh
    I originally chose to study psychology as an 18 year old who was interested in "brains and behaviour" but I did not come from an academic family at all and really had little idea what a psychologist did and I don't think I had ever met one! However it turned out though my choice all those years ago was a lucky one, as I love what I do. As I got older and more aware of my profession it was the mind-body connection and the huge potential of the human being to heal that really hooked me into counselling. Psychology is such a broad...
  • Fiona Halse
    Since I was a teenager I have been interested in meditation, therapy and personal development, yet didn’t think to work as a psychotherapist till I was nearly 40. I was attracted by the level of integrity and “whole human beingness” required in this work and passionately wanted to learn how to do it well. I have since come to realise how much it is about being rather that doing. At that time I wanted to be what the work would require of me, and I still do. In my journey I had met and been a client of many counsellors, then in...
  • Max Rutherford
    I have always been interested in the mind and in spirituality...
  • Helen Basili
    Social justice has always been very important to me and counselling was a way of enacting these values....
  • Michelle Tadros
    I decided to become a psychologist at 16, it was at that age that I discovered what I enjoyed the most was talking with people. I especially enjoyed getting to know and understand people in depth. They say you should do what you love, since talking with people is what I love most, psychology was an obvious choice. ...
  • Brenda Rowlandson
    My own experience of psychotherapy when I found myself in a crisis situation. I became more and more intrigued as I explored my unconscious process, my dreams and 'what lies beneath' and how my life-long patterns of relating were played out (and repaired) both in life and in the therapeutic relationship. It never occurred to me that I could enter this profession, until it was suggested to me as a possibility, which I embraced with gusto!...
  • Emily Rotta
    I came into the profession after many years of volunteering my time with homeless people and street kids. This experience inspired me to study counselling formally and to use my skills to work with young people who are faced with homelessness, violence within the family and a lack of feeling connected to the school system, their family and themselves. I had over the many years' supported young people and helped them to find hope and meaning in their own lives as well as connecting them to support to assist with this....
  • Jeannene Eastaway
    Possibly the main thing that has caused me to choose this field of work is that I find people interesting and wonderful. The more I have learnt about people, their patterns and ways of survival, the more fascinated I became. The other main reason why I have chosen to be a counsellor is to understand myself. This has been an on-going and enlightening process....
  • Josephine Borg
    I have an interest in human behaviour, especially the science of human behaviour and helping my clients improve their life circumstances....
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